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Digging at Tantallon Castle

15/05/20142:56 pm15/05/2014 3:01 pmLeave a Comment

We were lucky enough to get out of the office this morning and visit the archaeological excavations being undertaken at the moment at Tantallon Castle.  The dig is being done by Historic Scotland, with help from Kirkdale Archaeology.  There are also lots of volunteers getting involved, some from the local area, and others from as far away as Canada!

Trench with Tantallon Castle in background

The dig is helping to uncover the history of the Castle and tell us more about the people who lived there and defended the castle in times of conflict.

The dig will go on for a few more days, so if you are in the area you can visit the castle and see the archaeologists at work.  For more information click here.

Dig and Bass

Excavation with Bass Rock

Written by StephanieL

3 thoughts on “Digging at Tantallon Castle”

  1. Lynne Greenock says:

    Wondering if you found a much older structure under Tantallon or surrounding area

    1. HanitaR says:

      Hi Lynne,
      Thank you for your enquiry, which has been forwarded to the Archaeology Service of East Lothian Council. I’m sure they will get back to you as soon as possible.
      Best Wishes.

    2. StephanieL says:

      Hello Lynne. The excavations did not reveal any earlier structures than the 14th century castle, but the dig was very limited in scale. I think it is quite likely that there could be earlier occupation on the site. On the neighbouring promontory at Auldhame where they excavated the early medieval church and cemetery, they found that these had been built within the site of an Iron Age fort, reusing the large defensive ditch of the fort as a boundary ditch. This was also the case at Dunbar, where the swimming pool is now, where the castle was preceded by an Iron Age fort. These strategic locations would have been used and reused over the millenia.

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